noun: something that causes feelings of wonder ("The wonders of modern science")
noun: a state in which you want to learn more about something
verb: be amazed at
"Wonder is the beginning of wisdom." [Socrates]
“He who wonders discovers that this in itself is wonderful.” [M.C. Escher]
"The real animating power of knowledge fills us with wonder and joy; a joy for which, observe, ignorance is just as necessary as the present knowledge. The man is always happy who is in the presence of something which he cannot know to the full, which he is always going on to know. This is the necessary condition of finite creatures with divinely rooted and divinely directed intelligence; this, therefore, its happy state—but observe, a state not of triumph or joy in what he knows, but of joy rather in the continual discovery of new ignorance, continual self-abasement, continual astonishment."—Ruskin. [Harmonies of Tones and Colours, Reflections on the Scheme2, page 44]
"So long as music was taught primarily for worship, and to proclaim the immortality of man by the inestimable gift of the Royal Ransomer, it culminated to wonders upon wonders." "Noble teachers yield noble teaching, and from such seed the reaping is noble music. To rear the musician with knightly, faithful, and pure feelings, he must believe in his mission and its reward. The law of his life must be the advancement of his art, or rather God's art, given for the honour of the Deity and the elevation of humanity." "The Apostle Paul tells us that we are to teach one another in music, and the greatest doctor in theology, the mightiest defender of the Faith, has been the giant Handel in his oratorio of The Messiah. We are told that 'the nineteenth century is weary of the religion of Christ,' and the bright smile of the English boy and the sweet face of the English girl are no longer to be gladdened by the teachings of the holy mystery. The Devil is the strongest opponent to music in its right intention." [Harmonies of Tones and Colours, Fragments from Dr. Gauntlett's Last Note-book, page 51]
Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth
"No matter if a person is born handicapped - they still have their unique place of importance in the family, the environment. Sometimes, they occupy a greater position of importance than if they had been born whole and perfect. Their achievements arouse wonder and respect.
"The impact they make on the environment depends entirely on their will to be, their will to act, their will to radiate good will, their will to make the most of their opportunities, their will to be special for people by making other people feel better than they did before the contact took place.
"Every condition arises out of the WILL which is exercised at all times.
"Some have been born with great willpower, others with less, but the moment that a person fully realises that all WILLPOWER has been drawn from UNIVERSAL CONSCIOUSNESS and WILLPOWER can be increased by calling on one's SOURCE of BEING for increased willpower, so does the person begin to realise that willpower is not limited after all. It can be drawn, according to the magnitude and strength of one's faith, from UNIVERSAL CONSCIOUSNESS Itself." [Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth, Letter 4, page 7]
"Again my praises soared and I was lifted on an inner golden light of rapturous wonder - for I now 'saw' that, in addition to freedom from stress, living creatures were also meant to express the exuberant loving NATURE of the Creative Power." [Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth, Letter 1, page 14]